Another year over, a new one about to be begin and I found myself with nothing to write about this morning. Maybe it was my ongoing odyssey with Verizon, which has me down, or maybe the holidays always seem so anti-climactic to me, so much build-up and then so quickly, it's over and a new year begins. But when it comes down to it I have a lot to be grateful for this year.
This year has been exceptionally good to me. In a time when the economy has been going bonkers, I have steady work. This year I started writing the TechTreasures by Ron Miller blog on DaniWeb, a gig I truly love and for which I am incredibly grateful. I also began editing the FierceMarkets newsletter, FierceContentManagement, which lets me get deeply into an area I have covered for a long time and I also love having this weekly outlet.
I continue to be contributing editor at EContent Magazine where my editor Michelle Manafy gives me interesting and challenging assignments and lets me delve into them in depth.
My freelance technical writing business is also doing well with a very steady client and one who comes around every couple of months with work. I've got nothing to complain about. Sure, all this work can be stressful, no doubt, but it certainly beats the alternatives and believe me I am not complaining.
I sometimes worry that it will all disappear just as quickly as it came. I'm not used to these steady gigs. Although I've been freelancing for 20 years now (wow, that's a number that's hard to believe), my work has usually come in bursts. Several months of hard work, then a steadier pace, then another burst. With three steady jobs, there's no break in the pace, but again, I enjoy each of my tasks and if they all did go away, I would do what I have always done: go out there and knock on every door until a new opportunity presented itself (by hook or by crook).
Next year is already looking promising. I'm working with a designer to redesign this blog. Look for a whole new look in the next couple of months. And I'm working with my good friend Julie Roads, who is proof positive that you can make dear friends online with people you have never met in person. Julie and I are working together on an eBook that we hope will be ready by the end of the first quarter (maybe sooner).
So while I might have been momentarily depressed this morning, I've got a lot to be happy about moving forward. Nobody knows what the future brings, but for now at least, it's looking good. I wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year, and I want to thank you for reading this blog.
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